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NAACP applauds EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on her service to the Country (Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement regarding Lisa Jackson’s decision to step down from her position as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator:   From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National NAACP:   “Administrator Lisa Jackson has been an unwavering advocate in the fight to protect all communities from an onslaught of pollution,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. 

“Her work finalizing the Mercury and Air Toxic rules and soot standards will help lessen the risk of heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, birth defects, and bronchitis for families living near coal-fired power plants.  We applaud her for her dedicated leadership. We encourage President Obama to nominate a successor to Administrator Jackson that will maintain and build upon her legacy of courage, commitment, and inclusion."     From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

 “Administrator Jackson has not only been a superb leader of the EPA, but also an inspiration for African American girls who envision a future in the sciences,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  “Thanks to her efforts, the air we breathe and the water we drink will be cleaner for generations to come.”     From Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program:  

“We extend our thanks to Administrator Jackson and her team for the support they have given to the work of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program,” stated Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program.  “Since the creation of our program in 2009, the EPA has shared data to support our research efforts, provided technical assistance to our units, lent guidance and feedback on programming, and collaborated on multiple events.”  

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives

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Message to the People...

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FROM SOUL 73 to SEOUL KOREA

January 4, 2013

  Over the past few days, I have heard similar sentiments as folks decried the sale of the radio station. Folks wanted to know if the reports were accurate and what should they do. Reflecting back, I remember embracing KKDA upon my arrival to the Metroplex in 1981. I enjoyed not only the music,but the personalities: Willis Johnson, Lynne Haze, Steve Ladd, Da Wolf, Cousin Linnie, and others. It was Soul 73, where you’ve got a friend!

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Little did I know then that almost a decade later I would be offering my commentary, “One African American Woman’s Opinion,” to the KKDA listeners. Then I joined host Shaun Rabb for the debut of Reporters Roundtable, which very shortly became Reporters Roundtable with Cheryl Smith for the next 22 years, followed by Speak Out with Judge Maryellen Hicks.

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Since 1981 I have looked to Soul 73 to provide me with empowering information and the music I “grew up listening to.” People who worked for the station were involved and had their fingers on the pulse of the community. There was good music, informative talk and late-breaking news. Before any others had broadcast the sale and closure of the Dallas Times Herald, you heard it on KKDA. When it appeared that Dallas was about to be at war, KKDA had the interview with Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. The station even had ongoing coverage of the OJ Simpson Trial!

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Listeners were surprised one Sunday morning when they tuned in to hear the Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan’s taped message, only to hear him in a live interview with yours truly. KKDA was so focused on the issues effecting its listeners that it wasn’t uncommon to hear personalities from “rival” stations if they were bringing pertinent information. One of my personal favorite interviews was Radio One and TV One media mogul Cathy Hughes.

 

I just knew I was going to be shown the door when she gave a “shoutout” to her Radio One Team in Dallas!

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There are so many pleasant memories I have of my days at KKDA and when changes were made and my microphone was no longer “live”, I moved on and continued with my program and my life.

Over the holidays BET showed Roots and Queen. In addition to watching the TV One special on Django Unchained, I went to the movie theater to see Jamie Foxx in action. Talk about not wanting to hear excuses and whinings from ANYONE! Does looking at one’s past prepare them for the future? Will we go back to supporting our own? Will we recycle dollars in our communities? READ JAMILLE’S REVIEW There are some really upset people right now. It will be interesting to see what comes of those emotions.Some look at the OF DJANGO UNCHAINED sale of KKDA as a business decision. Hyman Childs is a businessman. He made a business decision to sell the radio station. Now, did he go and seek out African Americans as potential buyers? Should he have? According to one community activist who visited with Mr. Childs at least two months prior to the sale, Mr. Childs told her he had no intentions of selling the station. 14 So people are justifiably upset over the deception. Do you know anyone ready to put up the $1.9 million? I was asked what the next step should be and should we lead a protest against the sale. Folks are closing ranks to deal with what they consider to be blatant disregard for the Black communities by not only Mr. Childs but the buyers who have historically disenfranchised Black people. Frederick Douglass said, “Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.” Malcolm X said, “Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power.” Ida B. Wells said, “I had an instinctive feeling that the people who have little or no school training should have something coming into their homes weekly which dealt with their problems in a simple, helpful way... so I wrote in a plain, common-sense way on the things that concerned our people.” The Hon. Shirley Chisholm said, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Dorothy I Height said, “Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” Cheryl Smith, Publisher Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “as a youngster I longed to see the Black man free and I longed to see anyone stand up Established 2011 for us.” As folks ponder the loss of Soul 73 KKDA, as they bemoan the news that SOUL 73 was SOLD to SEOUL; what’s the next IMESSENGER is a tribute to Le Messager, step? founded by Cameroonian journalist Pius Njawe The time is always now for accountability and visionary leadership-- not exercises in futility. and The Messenger, an independent magazine, founded by labor activist A . Philip Let’s move forward from a position of strength--of power. There’s a movement afoot that is really exciting. Stay tuned, or Randolph and economist Chandler Owen. join in. I will keep you posted here! IM ESSENGER is committed to informing, inspiring, enlightening and provoking thought in a forum that is international. Submissions for publication consideration may be submitted to www.myimessenger.com.

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U.S. Postal Service honors 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation WASHINGTON— With this 2013 stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on Jan. 1, 1863. To commemorate this milestone, the Postal Service introduced a limitededition Forever Stamp today at The National Archives in Washington, D.C., which houses the historic document. The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp goes on sale tomorrow at Post Offices nationwide, and can be purchased online at www.usps.com/stamps or by phone at 800-Stamp24 (800-782-6724). The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp represents freedom and is the first in a series of three Civil Rights stamps to be released in 2013. The remaining stamps in the series, to be issued later this year, mark enduring moments of courage and equality in the civil rights movement by featuring Rosa Parks and the March on Washington. “Stamps often tap into our culture and help us remember the events and people who have had an impact on American history,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman. “The

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Emancipation Proclamation was a powerful symbol of President Lincoln’s determination to end the war, to end slavery, and to reconstruct the economy of the country without slave labor.” The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is the latest stamp to be issued by the Postal Service in tribute to civil rights events or leaders. In 2009, the organization released stamps featuring 12 civil rights pioneers including Mary Church Terrell and Mary White Ovington, and every year it commemorates notable leaders and cultural milestones through other stamp collections such as the Black Heritage series and the American Treasures series. On August 16, 1963, the Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The stamp was designed by George Olden, who was the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp. Following today’s stamp dedication by Stroman, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician, song talker and scholar, performed a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. The original document was on display at The National Archives for a limited viewing.

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CHERYL’S WORLD Tune in to Cheryl’s World on Blog Talk Radio, or call 646-200-0459 to hear informative, entertaining, enlightening and thought-provoking commentary and news with veteran journalist Cheryl Smith on Sundays at 8a.m. and “EDUCATING-The Good, The Bad, and The Hopeful” with Debra Brown Sturns on Mondays at 6p.m., aromatherapist Deborah Long Chambers on Tuesdays at 6p.m., Love A Natural Me with Yvette and Amy on Wednesdays at 6p.m., Young Generation Talk with Dareia Tolbert and Markel Slocumb  on Thursdays at 6p.m., and See you at the Movies - with Jamille Bradfield on Fridays at 6p.m.

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It Has Begun! Legendary multi-platinum country artist Collin Raye tells everyone everywhere he goes, “Imaj is country’s next big star!” What makes Imaj such an amazing anomaly is that her mission has always been simply, “Peace & Love” — a movement that has been advocated since The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson…then along came Imaj to continue the Peace Movement. What makes this so great is that Team Imaj has begun to expand her mission to not only spread world peace but to spread the awareness of Imaj and make the world a better place. You’ve heard the Breaking News: “IMAJ: Self-Titled Debut Album Set To Release This Summer/Fall!” We can’t

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wait for the release! And now…we’re joining hands nationwide. Join us at “Team Imaj” her official street team! All you have to do is: 1. Click “Join Group” here http://www.facebook.com/groups/ 352164268186566/ 2. And register here: http://imaj.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3x5/ When you’re done please share the group on Facebook and be ready to have some fun!!! For those sharing on Twitter: Please Tweet the following: #TeamImaj: IT HAS BEGUN. http://bit.ly/M4btHz (Please Re-

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NRA misfires again

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When the National Rifle Association finally revealed last week what it was willing to do to help curb gun violence in schools, it fired a blank.

“Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a socalled news conference in which he refused to take questions. As 20 innocent kids, most of them 6years-old, and six caring adults were being buried last week, the best idea the NRA had to offer was for us to begin arming teachers with guns. That’s the same feeble, ineffective “answer” LaPierre provided five years ago after the Virginia Tech shootings. Instead of making productive suggestions in the aftermath of 26 deaths in Newtown, Conn., LaPierre went on to blame Congress, President Obama, the media, video game manufacturers – everyone but the NRA, which thinks it should be alright for citizens to own an arsenal of automatic weapons. LaPierre failed to note that many schools already have armed guards on site. Columbine High School, for example, had a two armed policemen stationed in the school in 1999, yet 15 people were killed and 23 injured. The NRA executive sought to belittle gun-free school safety zones. But Media Matters, the watchdog group, pointed out: “In fact, primary and secondary schools – where firearms are typically prohibited – are much safer environments for young people than the surrounding communities, even taking See NRA, continued on next page

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MALVEAUX: Where is your passion? I was in a cab just the other day when the driver chided me for not knowing football. He Dr. Julianne Malveaux was a big Redskins (I call them the Deadskins because they need to change their name) fan, and was obsessed with RGIII. I must confess that I did not know who RGIII was until he informed me and told me that I was culturally deficient because I lived in Washington, DC and did not follow football.

Why are children not going to college?

issue? Why are we okay with these massacres?

Why are so many young black men (and women, but men pose a special set of issues) alienated from the system? What can we do to provide job opportunities for them?

I’m not so angry as the football (baseball, basketball) aficionados, but I am concerned that so much passion is channeled in one direction but not in others. The passion for sports is so rabid that I’ve listened to preachers pray for victory for their teams from their pulpits, never mind that those on the opposing team are God’s children too. Can a preacher or two not only throw down on education but also provide vehicles for parishioners to get involved in educating our children?

I observed his passion as I would poke and probe at a sociological phenomenon. The brother was intense, focused, and annoyed at the fact that somebody, anybody, was not caught up in the football drama. At some point I became silent, to see how long the rant would last. And it lasted through the whole 20 minutes of my ride, through stalled traffic and long lights. The man was on a mission.

What about housing? As African Americans are being put out of their homes, there have been feeble attempts to modify loans. Those who are working on this have insufficient resources, and just a fraction of those who qualify. Nearly $200 billion of black wealth has been compromised by foreclosures, yet too many are silent about promises unfulfilled.

I understand that folks have to have valves to release the tension of everyday life. Maybe it’s sports, reading, or music. Still, I wonder if we could ever garner these passions for our children, for their needs, for ways that education can build a path to the future. I’d be overjoyed if a taxi driver told me that he was so excited about education that he could not move. I’d be thrilled if one of them questioned me about education as intensely as he did about football. I could imagine the questions.

What if someone had passion for our eating habits? Nearly half of the black population is obese because pork, grease, and artificial snacks are staples of some diets. Why don’t we make healthy living a priority and be as passionate about that as we are about football? Why can’t each one teach one about ways to be healthy?

Shootings in Oregon and Connecticut are heartbreaking manifestations of the violence that pervades in our nation. Anybody with an attitude and a gun can shoot into a crowd and cause major damage. Why have a couple of fools targeted an elementary school in Connecticut leaving dozens dead. Why does the National Rifle Association work so hard to maintain the right to bear arms? Why aren’t more legislators working to limit this so-called right? Why do we continue to leave our population vulnerable to nuts with guns? I’d love to see some passion channeled to this

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Passion and intensity are important elements of our lives. Without passion we fade into the periphery, ground down by the minutia of everyday life. Get kids to school, go to work, come home for dinner, and relax. If that isn’t your pattern, you’ve got one, and the only thing that pulls you out of pattern is passion. There is nothing wrong with a passion for football. Can we channel some of that passion, though, that can transform our world by generating safety, education and job opportunities? That’s the kind of passion that could rock our world! Dr. Julianne Malveaux - “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” - Dr. Cornel West. She is the 15th President of Bennett College for Women. Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, she is also an economist, author and commentator. A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. She was President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs from 1995-1999, and is currently Honorary Co-Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Currently, Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc. a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, DC.

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NRA, continued from previous page into account horrific school shootings. Since the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics began recording homicides at schools in the 1992-3 school year, the proportion of youth homicides that occurred at school has never exceeded 2 percent of total youth homicides. Suicide was also much more likely to occur away from school.” It added, “Even gun advocate Gary Kleck noted in his 1997 book Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control that “Both gun carrying and gun violence are thus phenomena almost entirely confined to the world outside schools.” No political rant would be complete these days without an attack on President Obama. And when LaPierre fired at the White House, he was again off target. In his remarks, LaPierre said, “Ladies and gentlemen, there is no national, one-size-fitsall solution to protecting our children. But do know this president zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget, and scrapped ‘Secure Our Schools’ policing grants in next year’s budget.” What LaPierre neglected to say was the Secure Our Schools policy grants are not the

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only source of financing school safety initiatives. In fact, the Department of Education has requested nearly $200 million for its Successful, Safe and Health Schools program. The NRA official also took aim at video games, listing some by name: “Bulletstorm,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Splatterhouse” and “Kindergarten Killers.” But Max Fisher wrote in the Washington Post, “Looking at the world’s 10 largest video game markets yields no evident, statistical correlation between video game consumption and gun-related killings.” While there is no provable link between acts of violence and video games, states with higher gun ownership rates and weak gun laws have the highest rates of gun deaths, according to the Violence Policy Center. It said in one report, “The analysis reveals that the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, and Nevada. Each of these states had a per capita gun death rate far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate of 10.34 per 100,000 for 2007. Each of

the top-ranking states has lax gun laws and higher gun ownership rates. “By contrast, states with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had far lower rates of firearm-related death. Ranking last in the nation for gun death was Hawaii, followed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.” Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center and a native of Newtown, Conn., said the NRA’s plan to arm teachers won’t work. “The NRA plan, which cynically allows for the continued sale of the assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines marketed by its gun industry corporate donors has already been tried, and it did not work,” Sugarmann said. He added, “Now is the time to limit the increasingly lethal firepower available to civilians and halt the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The American people understand that – even if the NRA and the gun industry that helps fund it do not.”

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Supporting DART Is Crucial

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

As residents of north Texas we are privileged to live in one of the most inviting sections of the country. I am frequently asked by others what it is like to live in the place that we proudly call home. I am delighted each time that I am asked as I am able to speak about our robust economy, the friendliness of our residents, our

abundant open spaces, our world-class museums, the quality of our institutions of higher learning and the inventiveness of our working class and business communities. One of the things that make us such an exceptional community, I believe, is our public transit system, DART. It transports nearly 230,000 people each day and services a 700-square-mile area. Public transportation is extremely crucial to our residents who travel to and from work, to those who are on outings with their families, and to tourists who are visiting our region and may not have access to automobiles. For these and many other reasons I have been a supporter of DART, and am delighted to have played a supportive role in

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the U.S. Department of Transportation's recent decision Tune in to Cheryl’s World on to award a $120 million direct Blog Talk Radio, or call loan to DART so that it might 646-200-0459 to hear informative, continue the third phase of its entertaining, enlightening and thought-provoking light rail Orange Line project. commentary and news with veteran journalist Cheryl Smith on Sundays at 8a.m. and The Department of “EDUCATING-The Good, The Bad, and The Transportation has committed Hopeful” with Debra Brown Sturns on Mondays at approximately $796 million to 6p.m., aromatherapist Deborah Long Chambers on DART since 1996. As the Tuesdays at 6p.m., Love A Natural Me with Yvette highest ranking member of and Amy on Wednesdays at 6p.m., Young Congress from Texas on the Generation Talk with Dareia Tolbert and Markel Slocumb  on Thursdays at 6p.m., and See you at the House Committee on Movies - with Jamille Bradfield on Fridays at 6p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, I insist that our region receives sufficient funding to meet its transportation needs. And like most things we begin in Texas, I believe that DART will one day become the premier public transportation system in the country. If you have not used it, take a ride and see for yourself!

 Methodist Charlton’s Heart Healthy Program Challenge

 

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Last year, Methodist Charlton Medical Center challenged families in Cedar Hill ISD to improve their health through the Heart of the Community Challenge program. This year, the program is expanding to include 100 households in the communities served by Methodist Charlton. The Heart of the Community Challenge promotes heart disease education and prevention during a 16-week program that encourages the entire family to have fun while improving their overall health. Participants will receive free health screenings before and after the challenge. Biweekly in-person sessions will include healthy eating tips, cooking and fitness demonstrations, physician speakers, and prizes. The free program is open to all who want to participate. Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, says the program was so well-received last year they decided to give more families an opportunity to participate. “As a hospital serving the community, our goal is to combat the top three health risks in our service !

area -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking -- with tools for prevention.” The Heart of the Community program is a broader initiative of Methodist Health System to provide programs and services that focus on taking care of the heart. Last year’s Heart of the Community Challenge was filled with stories of success. Cedar Hill ISD student Casey Martinez shared how she lost weight during the challenge and how much she enjoyed preparing meals with her family. Dr. Chanda McGhee, director of Student Support and Community Services at Cedar Hill ISD, says, “We are thrilled that Methodist Charlton facilitated this program that will help families develop a healthier lifestyle.” Online registration for Heart of the Community Challenge begins on Jan. 7 and ends when the 100th household is registered. To enroll, visit www.MethodistHealthSystem.org/ CharltonHeartOfTheCommunity.

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Ask Gwen Dear Gwendolyn: I have gone with my boyfriend for 22 years. For the past 10 years, he has introduced me to a lifestyle of which I was not accustomed. This is the current situation: We have not lived together, but we did stay the weekends at his apartment or either at my apartment. I am getting ready to move back home and care for my elderly mother. According to my boyfriend, he insists he will not spend his weekends alone, and says he never intends to visit me at the home of my mother. I think I have grown to enjoy his money. You see… he has an illegal profession. However, he refuses to tell me what it is. I believe it may be drugs or thief. My fear is that he is going to drop me and another woman is going to enjoy the money. I want to keep him Gwendolyn, so what do you suggest? Mary Dear Mary:

You have given this man 22 years and you are still just ‘a girlfriend.’ You don’t even refer to yourself as being his fiancée. If you feel your boyfriend is doing something illegal, and you enjoy the lifestyle from the money, Mary, your character is the same as his. Now I have a question for you: Why would you want to hold on to a man who tells you he does not intend to spend his weekends alone? I suggest you drop this friendship, ship/ship or whatever it is. That harsh statement verifies the two of you were never going to be married – one day maybe, but not to each other. Another thing Mary: To have a profession comes with education. To be considered a professional comes with college degrees or from a technical training or from possessing a natural skill. But adults who claim to have an illegal profession receive that type of learning from the street called ‘Street Smart’ with a major in — Thugism. ***Got a problem? Don’t solve it alone. Write to Gwendolyn Baines at: P. O. Box 10066, Raleigh, N.C. 27605-0066 (To receive a reply, send a self-addressed stamped envelope) or email me at: gwenbaines@hotmail.com and visit www.gwenbaines.com

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Girl Scouts and Sigma Gamma Rho help Girls Imagine Engineering NEW YORK—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has joined forces with Sigma Gamma Rho, one of the nation’s largest African American sororities, to help build awareness of career possibilities in science, technology, and engineering among girls and parents in the African American community. Working with local Girl Scout councils around the country, Sigma Gamma Rho’s alumnae chapters have made GSUSA’s Imagine Engineering initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, a focus of the sorority’s annual National Youth Symposium. “Girl Scouting and Sigma Gamma Rho have the same goal: to build the nation’s future leaders by helping girls dream big and accomplish much today,” said GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. “We are delighted to be part of this partnership to help girls do great things in critical fields such as science, technology, engineering and math.” “Response to Imagine Engineering has been terrific,” said Sigma Gamma Rho National President Bonita Herring. “We surveyed 250 girls who took part in the program, and more than two thirds of them said they now understood how ‘someone like me’ could become an engineer.”   “We will not only expand our efforts with this program, but we will  reach out to girls nationwide in our communities with a combination of our own healthy living program, Project Reassurance, and the Girl Scouts’ program for middle-school girls on healthy relationships and bullying,” Herring said. “Through this continued partnership, we are going to do great things together for girls.” For more information on GSUSA’s Imagine Engineering initiative visit www.girlscouts.org/imagineengineering/.

New Hope Baptist Church to install Pastor Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones has been named Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. He will serve as the thirteenth Senior Pastor of this historic church, the oldest African American Church in Dallas, Texas entirely organized and owned by Black people. Rev. Jones served as Interim Pastor on four different occasions and in many other capacities at New Hope prior to being elected as the Senior Pastor. He also serves as the Mayor of the City of Garland, currently serving his third and final term.

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He is a dedicated, committed servant of God who has extensive pastoral and leadership experience. There will be several events commemorating the installation of Rev. Dr. Jones and the community is invited to share in the celebration. They include: Brunch Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:00 a.m. Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas Stemmons Ballroom Speaker: Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, Dallas The Brunch is open to the public. Call 214-421-5296 for tickets. The cost is $40.00 Sunday Morning Worship Service Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:45 a.m. New Hope Baptist Church 5002 South Central Expressway, Dallas Speaker: Rev. Richard Jones, Asst. Pastor New Birth Baptist Church, Dallas Installation Service Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:00 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 5002 South Central Expressway, Dallas Speaker: Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor-Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas The Chair for the installation services is Barbara Lord Watkins and the Vice Chair is Freeda Moore. For more information on any of these events, call the church at (214) 421-5296. !

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Eucalyptus A breath of fresh air Whether it is by walking down the aisle of dried flowers in a craft shop, or enjoying the soothing action of a throat lozenge, the aromatic behavior of eucalyptus is refreshing to the senses. Eucalyptus is an extremely versatile plant. Native to Australia, it is mainly cultivated in Brazil and China. The dried leaves were traditionally used in small cloth sachets to perfume linen closets. Dried stems with leaves are often used in vases and baskets alone or in arrangements. The essential oil of eucalyptus has numerous applications. Long used as a remedy for cold and flu symptoms, eucalyptus is soothing to sore throats, boosts the immune system, and reduces the spread of many forms of bacteria. It works especially well on the respiratory system when addressing congestion. Under the direction of a Certified Aromatherapist, eucalyptus may be combined with other essential oils to create an effective synergistic blend to approach physical issues, as well as freshen the home. The essential oil of eucalyptus is surprisingly economical. A small bottle can last a long time even with heavy usage. To improve PAGE 12

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TLC is ready to put the “fun� back into funeral Dallas’ Golden Gate Funeral Home featured on January 6 Long before TLC network decided to feature Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home, the name was recognized around the world for its excellent service, attention to detail and sensitivity to its clientele, both living and dead. Golden Gate Funeral Home was established on September 15, 1980 by Mr. John E. Beckwith Sr. in Waxahachie, TX. As its reputation grew, so did business and Mr. Beckwith opened a second location in Dallas, TX in 1985, and today Golden Gate’s influence is felt across the country. Today John Beckwith Jr. is at the helm and Golden Gate continues to flourish. A licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, a licensed Insurance and preneed agent John Jr. holds a degree of Applied Science in Funeral Services. A graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Services and Skyline High School Class of 1984, he is an advocate of continuing education. John Jr. is a member of the national, state and local funeral directors association. He serves on the advisory board for a national casket and chemical company on product knowledge and merchandising development programs. He has received numerous businessman of the year awards. A speaker for national, state, and local events. He has developed the “ride along program� for those who are interested in funeral services. John Jr. He holds weekly training meeting with his staff, emphasizing the importance of client satisfaction and professionalism. A member of the supreme council of the Masons, a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret of the 32nd degree, a member of the order of the Elks, a graduate of Dallas County Police Academy, John Jr. also serves as a Texas Peace Officer, a Firearms Instructor and Police Academy Instructor. He currently holds the rank of Captain deputy constable for Dallas County Pct #1. A popular radio and television personality, John Jr. is a consummate professional who makes his business, all of it, his priority Additionally he holds a certificate of rank of black belt from the USA - Korean Association American Institute of Tae Kwon-Do. John Jr. serves on the security ministry for the St. John Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX and he’s also a member of the Mt. Rose Church in Dallas, TX. Mr. Beckwith works very closely with the clergy in the community by donating his time and finances. He, like his father, has a passionate belief in mentoring and helping others. That’s the foundation of Golden Gate Funeral Home, says, Beckwith Jr., “We care about people and we are concerned about ensuring that the wishes of the family are respected.� PAGE 13

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Sometimes those wishes can seem somewhat bizarre. Golden Gate employees are there to serve, not judge, he says. Maybe that’s why he and his staff are called on across the country when the need of a superior funeral home is warranted, such as the homegoing services for the mother of the Rev. Al





Funeral Home will get to witness on TLC just how far the establishment will go to achieve the desires of the dearly departed. TLC has ordered a special/backdoor pilot, Best Funeral Ever, that goes behindthe-scenes of an unconventional funeral parlor. It will show Golden Gate Funeral Home, and director John Beckwith, Jr. working with the families to create a central theme for a memorial. Following the service there will be a party. Examples of funerals include a Christmas-inspired funeral complete with reindeer, elves and snow, and a singer known for his famous rib sauce jingle remembered at a BBQ-themed funeral — including live pigs, praise dancers, and a BBQ sauce fountain where loved ones dip a ceremonious rib to say goodbye. “We’re going to make these families extremely happy at the worst moments of Sharpton their lives,� said John Jr. The special is scheduled to air on or for past Delta Sigma Theta Sorority P r e s i d e n t , f o r m e r B i s h o p S t a t e January 6 at 9pm CST and there will be a Community College President and watch party at Golden Gater Funeral Alabama State Legislator Dr. Yvonne Home in Dallas. And long after folks will remember Golden Gate for its exquisite Kennedy. service and compassionate staffers, as Golden Gate takes care of business! Those who are unfamiliar with the rich well as the celebration of life. What a way to say farewell! heritage and tradition that is Golden Gate



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Review:    Django  Unchained  -­    A  wild  ride!

 

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Bradfield By Jamille Bradfield I Messenger Film Critic and Entertainment Writer

German dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Django

When I attended the screening of DJANGO UNCHAINED, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Knowing that it was a Quentin Tarantino film set in the 1800’s during the slavery era in America, I knew I would have to brace myself for some pretty brutal violence. Nevertheless, I was anxious to see what the buzz was about. Well, I can honestly say this film was a wild ride and one of the best films I saw in 2012. Written and directed by Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is a fictional, Western story of vengeance and love. Django, played by Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx, is a slave whose freedom is bought by German dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), to assist him in tracking down and identifying Django’s former slave owners, the homicidal Brittle brothers. Once Dr. Schultz frees Django, he offers him what appears to be the opportunity of a lifetime — to join him on his bounty hunting mission to kill slave owners for their criminal offenses and get paid for it. Quite naturally, this offer is like symphony orchestra music to Django’s ears but he in turn presents one stipulation — that after he helps Dr. Schultz find these wanted men, Schultz would help Django locate and rescue his wife, Broomhilda, from her current slave plantation. (Django and Broomhilda had previously been separated as punishment for attempting to run away from another slave plantation). The two men agree and their adventure begins. Before they set out on their first joint mission, Dr. Schultz initiates an PAGE 14

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extreme makeover of Django, transforming him from an unacculturated, unsure, illiterate slave to a well-groomed, horsebackriding, sharp shooting bounty hunter with a strong command of the English language and a rather brazen disregard for the status quo in the South. Fast forward through several fatal gun shot wounds and a growing pile of bad guy corpses, and we arrive at the heart of this feature film’s love story. There is absolutely no doubt with the audience that Django loves his wife and will endure anything,

the film’s climax commences with the obligatory, cringe-worthy blood bath that we’ve come to love (or hate depending on your tolerance level for graphic violence) in Tarantino’s work. With a lengthy running time of two hours and 45 minutes, the engaging story provides a couple of last minute twists that lead viewers to what feels like the end of the film but, alas, the story takes you in a different direction before it actually fades to closing credits. However, you will have to see the film for yourself to see how the story ends and whether Django gets his wife back. DJANGO UNCHAINED is an entertaining action/ adventure film that though it is set against the backdrop of slavery in America’s southern states and deals with a very serious atrocity in this nation’s history as it relates to the sub-human treatment of African Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen and Kerry Washington as Broomhilda Americans from the time they were brought against their regardless of how unspeakable, to be will to America until President reunited with her. Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery After, Dr. Schultz and Django in 1863, I was able to watch the film track Broomhilda to a wicked and enjoy it purely as art. plantation known as Candyland, they devise a plan to befriend the plantation’s owner, a contemptuous Francophile named Monsieur Calvin Candie, played by Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, to gain access to the plantation and rescue Django’s beloved wife. It is at Candyland where fellow Oscar-nominee Samuel L. Jackson’s butt-kissing, master-pleasing character, Stephen, is introduced. With the help of special effects makeup and a walking cane, we see Jackson on screen as an aged, irascible curmudgeon who we end up hating by the end of the film because of his character’s role in exposing Django and Schultz’s scheme to Candie. Right when the audience is ready to applaud a passionate, emotional reunion Django faces off with Monsieur Calvin Candie between Django and Broomhilda, the script is flipped, literally, and all hell breaks loose. Nothing more. Nothing less. Just as all hope seems lost and the And as great films often do, it took lives of the unlikely duo are at stake, me through a range of emotions as !

there were scenes that made my eyes water, scenes that made me chuckle and scenes that furrowed my brows. I watched the film with an open mind and did not enter the theater with a chip on my shoulder or anger in my heart about slavery and I quite frankly was so enthralled with the parallel storylines about vengeance and true love that I was not focused on how many times the “n” word was spoken, perhaps because I recognize that the reality of that era is that the “n” word WAS used frequently by slave owners. Period. Being ticked off about it is not going to undo history. As a matter of fact, because of the origins of the “n” word, I am more appalled at the frequent use of the word in modern-day films depicting gang violence and Black-on-Black crime than in a period piece such as DJANGO UNCHAINED. By and large, Tarantino’s writing and directing skills in this film are in a word — extraordinary (evident by its recent five Golden Globe nominations) and whether his goal was to simply entertain or to start a conversation about slavery and its effects, he can pat himself on the back and consider his mission accomplished. DJANGO UNCHAINED is rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity. It opened in theaters across the U.S. on

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Mark your calendar January 5 Pens and Pancakes Writer's Brunch  Free!!!! The Dock Bookshop    6637 Meadowbrook Dr  in Fort Worth, TX 76112 www.thedockbookshop.com 817-457-5700   Topic - Part 2 of Telling Your Story without Telling All of Your Secrets! ******* The Texas Alliance for Retired Americans convention is 10 AM January 5, 2013, at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Austin, 1106 Lavaca. ****  Saturday January 5,  11:30 a.m. - 12: 30  Back by Popular Demand in 2013 ! Percussion/African Instrument and Rhythm Class Learn to play Drums, Balaphone, Shakeree, Agogo Bells, Kalimba, Kora and More Instructor Professor 'D' $5.00 Donation Call 214-943-8262 for more Info. Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery and Resource Center 828 Fourth Ave. (Across from Fair Park Music Hall) Dallas, Saturday January 5, 1 p.m.   AlkebulanCommUNIVERSITY Math Saturdays /Adults and Children Not so good in Math ? This is the year to work this 'Problem Out'  Math Classes/Tutoring Sessions Free  Lets Learn Fractions   Finally master Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Graphing, Pattern Recognition, Binary Number System, Fractions, Calculus, Ethiopian Mathematics (decoded), Real-World Math Applications, and more... You can  REALLY have un learning math (NOT just memorizing it for some TEST, but really learning it), please come out to the Alkebulan CommUNIVERSITY Math Saturdays. ******   Classes/tutoring sessions are totally free of charge (donations will be accepted)! Please pre-register by calling Bro. Whitfield at 561-427-8495.    Saturday January 5,   2 p.m. - 5 p.m.   Community Cartooning Workshop 'For Adults and Children'  Love to Draw?  Come develop your talent & Build your confidence with this workshop Learn History, Jazz, Develop Characters and Environments, Strengthen your writing Skills, and Drawing Techniques Charles E. "Chuck" Siler's  BlackCommentator.com artist/cartoonist, historian, illustrator, and educator **********    Charles E. "Chuck" Siler's works feature a variety of themes ranging from New Orleans' lively and unique jazz scene to its lively and equally unique political scene. He uses his art and political cartoons to comment on life's complexities, warts and beauty marks.  PAGE 15

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His creations include fine watercolors and acrylics and pen and ink cartoons. His cartoons are featured on a regular basis in The Louisiana Weekly.  A Katrina evacuee, Siler has spoken on New Orleans history across the USA at universities and cultural events. Cost- $10.00 (Call for Family and Group Discounts) ( If you would like to help with donations for scholarships for students in need of help paying for class call 214-943-8262.) No student will be turned away.  Supplies: Bring paper, pencils, erasers Contact  for more info 214-943-8262 ***** Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery and Resource Center

 83RD TEXAS LEGISLATURE 10:00 am to 3:00 pm    Texas State Capitol  Room E1.014 112 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78701 Opening Day Activities: Tours of the Texas Capitol Photos with Rep. Johnson Swearing-In Ceremony Telecast Luncheon Tours of the LBJ Presidential Library ********

Saturday January 5,  3. p.m. Back By Popular Demand! Fall Community Crocheting Classes with, Brother 'Triple Crown' Fall is the perfect time to knit or crochet, learn to knit those fall Hats, Sweaters, Gloves, Scarves, Purses, Blankets, Shoes, Earrings and more...       $5 Donation All Supplies Provided Contact 214-943-8262 For more information All proceeds from this class will go: Youth Prison Prevention Organization For more information contact 469-685-114

In celebration of the upcoming “Elvis at 21” exhibit, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday Tuesday, January 8 starting at 11am. Guests will have the chance to meet Elvis impersonators Kraig Parker and Drake Milligan, former Elvis tour manager Charles Stone and everyone’s favorite rockin’ dino Dynamo. Cake will be provided to the first 100 guests with one of Elvis’ favorite treats, banana pudding, available for purchase in the Stars Café.  Guests with the names Elvis, Presley, Priscilla or Lisa Marie will receive free admission to the Museum excluding Titanic along with a percentage off of all merchandise in Shop Too!  Tickets will also be given away for the “Elvis at 21” exhibit opening later this year.

January 6 Enjoy Inspired Spoken word * World Class Clean Comedy* Live Entertainment* Singing* Dinner Buffet a special musical performance from BET's SUNDAY BEST show (Andrea Helms) & Much More....Including JUST added "Yarbrough & People's" live performance of there brand new Gospel single entitled "I'm In" ********* "FIRST SUNDAY'S" Enjoy Inspired Spoken word * World Class Clean Comedy* Live Entertainment* Singing* Dinner Buffet a special musical performance from BET's SUNDAY BEST show (Andrea Helms) & Much More....Including JUST added "Yarbrough & People's" live performance of there brand new Gospel single entitled "I'm In"And Live Performance by "Norris Spivey" A 5 Time Rhythm Award Nominee. *If you've been then you know & if you haven't then please join us for this fun & dynamic experience! **And Exclusive Vendor Opportunities***

*** Starting Sunday Jan. 6, 2013  (12 consecutive Sundays) 4 to 6:30PM Path~Way to Life Center of Hope 302 West Palestine Street Hutchins, TX 75141 (12 minutes South of Downtown Dallas off HWY 45) Register NOW Space is limited  WWW.CynthiaMickens.com

January 9 GLOSSARY w/ Telegraph Canyon 8pm at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial Street, Denton, TX  $10 adv/$13 dos

January 10 Devon White and Ron Fry Kick off B day Party 2013 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Buttons Restaurant and Jazz Club 15207 Addison Rd Addison TX St. Philip’s School and Community Center is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The next Open House is being held January 10, 2013 at 8 am in the chapel. St. Philip’s is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Dallas. For more information or to register online, please visit www.stphilips1600.org/ admissions or call 214.421.5221 ext. 150.

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January 7 Methodist Charlton Heart of the Community Challenge. Methodist Charlton HoC Challenge is open to all households in the BSW areas. The only requirement is they MUST register on-line starting Jan. 7, 2013. We will take the first 100 households that register. Please pass this along to your membership including businesses and others! Remember the on-line registration starts at 7am Jan. 7th and will close upon 100 household registrations

January 8 STATE REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND THE OPENING DAY OF THE

January 12 Muslim Legal Fund of America, we sincerely wish you Happy New Year. Thank you for all your generosity and support for 2012. We hope you continue to support us through 2013 as we continue to defend your civil liberties in American courtrooms. Meet Congressman Keith Ellison! !

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We are kicking off the New Year with our annual gala in Dallas, featuring keynote speaker Keith Ellison, the nation's first Muslim Congressman, as well as a former National Security Agency executive-turned-whistleblower, Thomas Drake. You're not going to want to miss this! Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency North Dallas 701 East Campbell Road Richardson, TX 75081 Free and Open to the Public • Registration Required Limited Seating • Arrive Early • Dinner Included

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Where: Grapevine, Texas Location: Palace Arts Center Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Hosted by: Thelma Wells Guest: Ken Peters, Rabbi Marty Cohen, Lynda Randle, Karol Ladd, Kelli Lawrence, Cindy Colangelo, Dianne Beattie, True-Lite Christian Fellowship Worship Team

BLACK EMPLOYEES SUPPORT TEAM presents Celebrating the Life & Legacy of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes, Jr. Guest Speaker Tuesday, Jan. 15th @12Noon City Council Chambers--1500 Marilla St. Dallas Reception in the Flag Room after Lecture  ++++++++++++++++++++++++   Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013  11:30AM

January 23 SAVE THE DATE: BET VINDICATION featuring JOYCE ANN BROWN 1.23.2013 hosted by MORRIS CHESTNUT

  Mother's Against Teen Violence presents 13the Annual Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon featured speaker

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January 25 Crimson Sunset An Evening of Jazz 6:00 pm - 9:00pm     Tickets: $35 event 1013 1013 E 25th St Plano, TX 75075

Dr. Khalil Muhammad Director of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture "What Would Dr. King Do?"   Hilton Anatole 2202 N. Stemmons Freeway  Dallas, Tx Tickets $85.00 Call 214-565-0422  

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Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce  speaker series #3 featuring  Glenda Lee Agape Home Health Lecture / Book Signing "The Power of Positive Thinking"      Reserve your copy of Count Your Blessings for $15.00 *****   Civic Center 12400 Elam Road Balch Springs, TX 75180 balchspringschamber.org 11:30-1:00pm  RSVP by Monday, January 14th, 2013 Chamber members: Free Non Members: $10 * Irving International Women's Consortium Getting The Job You Want In a Tough Market 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM WHERE: Irving Chamber of Commerce 5201 N. O'Connor Blvd., Vault Room Irving TX 75039 *****

2 Per Room $573 (pp) 3 Per Room $473 (pp) 4 Per Room $423 (pp) Child (6-11yrs) $220

African Chamber of Commerce Weekly Business Luncheon                    214.628.2569 www.africanchamberdfw.com

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Bus  Departs:  Greenbelt  Metro  Park  &  Ride   (Greenbelt,  MD)    Thursday,  January  24th  ,  2013  @  10AM   Bus  Returns:  Sunday,    January  27th,  2013    approximately    6PM  

What Would Dr. King Do?  Lecture Dr. Khalil Muhammad Noon 601 South Nedderman Drive University Hall Room 108 Arlington, Texas “The Condemnation of Blackness:  Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” will be available for purchase

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January 26 Preview UNCF’s national television special “An Evening of Stars” on the big screen amongst your friends, colleagues and other UNCF supporters. This fun–filled “western” themed “party with a purpose”** also includes food & beverages, casino games & prizes, dancing and more!  6:30 pm @ Eddie Deen’s Ranch - Dallas  Tickets: $40 donation  

January 21 South Dallas Cafe’s Inauguration Chicken & Waffle Swearing in Brunch for those not attending the inauguration in Washington. This year-(2013), all attendees must be prepaid @ $20.00 each (no refunds). Only 350 tickets are available. There will be singing, fellow-shipping and fun for all. 11am For more information please email: ednapemberton@yahoo.com or call South Dallas Cafe' at 214-337-9200 ********

  Naturally Divine Beauty invites the public to its grand opening celebration Saturday January 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3556 Forest Lane in Dallas TX.

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Grand Opening of Naturally Divine Beauty A new specialty beauty supply store has opened in North Dallas to service the growing number of African-American women wearing natural hair. Naturally Divine Beauty invites the public to its grand opening celebration Saturday January 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3556 Forest Lane in Dallas TX. This daylong event will feature product demonstrations, live music and talks by real women who have made a successful transition from chemically treated to natural hair. Participants can learn about new

products and styles while enjoying tasty hors d'oeuvres and wine. Audra Cooper opened the store to address the new high demand for products suited for natural hair. “Natural hair is not a fad, it’s a choice,” said Ms. Cooper, the owner of Naturally Divine Beauty. The popularity of natural hairstyles has spawned a crop of specialty beauty parlors throughout the region, and shifted the economic balance of the $185 million black hair-care market. Cooper moved the store to its new location from a kiosk at Grapevine Mills Malls after the space became too small to handle the increase demand for products. The 1,500 square foot store and salon is a beauty boutique filled with carefully selected high-end products made by AfricanAmerican owned companies popping up to meet the high

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demands of natural products made specifically for natural hair. The salon offers an array of services including Twist Outs, Creative Cuts, Flat Irons, Blow outs and more! Naturally Divine has over 25 options of natural hair care and beauty products. Most products are sulfate-free, alcohol-free, parabenfree, and free of harsh chemicals. Women with relaxed and naturally textured hair can use the products. Some product brands include, Carol’s Daughter, Kinky Curly, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Curly Junkie, Mixed Chicks and many more.Ms. Cooper has joined a growing number of AfricanAmerican-owned companies

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catering to natural hair enthusiasts. Companies that once marketed exclusively to relaxed hair such as Proctor and Gamble, Revlon, L'Oreal, etc. are creating new products to coincide with other independent companies that cater exclusively to natural and curly hair textures. L'Oreal Paris plans to build a 513,000 square-foot regional distribution hub in Southern Dallas County. Naturally Divine Beauty has a calendar filled with unique natural hair events that include seminars, natural anniversaries-the celebration of the day you started your natural hair journey, and natural hair meet-ups.

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The I MESSENGER Family gives thanks and extends heartfelt wishes for the best for each and everyone. And remember that for this short time we are on this earth, we can do so much to make this world a better place.

2012 Dallas Cowboys(NFC East) Date

Opponent

Time/TV

Wednesday 09/05/12

at New York Giants MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Sunday 09/16/12

at Seattle Seahawks Loss CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA

Sunday 09/23/12

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Won

Monday 10/01/12

Chicago Bears Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Loss

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Won

at Baltimore Ravens Loss M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

Sunday 10/21/12

at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Won

Sunday 10/28/12

New York Giants Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Loss

Sunday 11/04/12

at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

Won

Sunday 11/11/12

at Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Won

Sunday 11/18/12

Cleveland Browns Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Won

Thursday 11/22/12

Washington Redskins Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Loss

Sunday 12/02/12

Philadelphia Eagles Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Won

Sunday 12/09/12

at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Won

Sunday 12/16/12

Pittsburgh Steelers Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Won

Sunday 12/23/12

New Orleans Saints Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Loss

Sunday 12/30/12

at Washington Redskins FedEx Field, Landover, MD

Loss

Note: Game times for weeks 11-17 are subject to change

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“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” . Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? POLICE have not apprehended Pookie the serial rapist. Aren’t you concerned? Do you care? We know he has attacked members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and there is a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers. If you have ANY information, PLEASE call Crime Stoppers

877.373.8477 Also, if you want extra protection, check out Street Safe at

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